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Biological Sciences
  • Core

    Drought, Wetting Direction, and the Fate of Soil Carbon

    A new paper in Nature Communications, a collaboration by lead author A. Peyton Smith and others at PNNL, investigates the importance of pore-scale wetting patterns, antecedent soil moisture conditions, and other factors affecting soil carbon dynamics at every scale, from pore to core to field.

  • SLIM technology

    SLIM Wins an R&D ‘Oscar’

    Five researchers from the Biological Sciences Division shared honors for one of seven R&D 100 awards won this year by PNNL.

  • Ebola

    From a Devastating Outbreak, Blood-Borne Signatures of Ebola Offer Future Hope

    In a big step to close a knowledge gap regarding the ebola virus disease (EVD), more than a dozen scientists from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) joined colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and elsewhere in a landmark study of blood samples from a recent West African outbreak of EVD.

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    The Power of Traditional Proxies for Measuring the Soil Carbon Cycle

    A new paper co-authored by PNNL researchers Vanessa Bailey, Ben Bond-Lamberty, and Kathe Todd-Brown reviews and classifies the types of proxies used for environmental research.

  • Charlette Geffen

    A Food-Ag-Science Jamboree of Ideas

    Two PNNL soil ecologists joined an October jamboree of ideas sponsored by the National Academies as part of a longer-term attempt to influence U.S. farm policy.

About The Division

Scientists within the Biological Sciences Division perform biological systems science research and develop technologies focused on how cells, cell communities, and organisms sense and respond to their environment. Our vision is to measure, predict, design, and control multi-cellular biological systems and bio-inspired solutions for energy, environment, and health.

Our investigator-initiated and multi-institutional collaborative research, unique scientific instrumentation, and national program leadership translate the latest scientific discoveries into technologies that are beneficial to the nation.

Our research has applications to energy, environment, and human health missions of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other federal agencies.

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Biological Sciences

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